The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
The John Wick producer talks about some of the movies that made her.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
Jurassic Park (1993)
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
Wind River (2017)
John Wick (2014)
The Town (2010)
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Hotel Mumbai (2018)
A Private War (2018)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Star Wars (1977)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
High Anxiety (1977)
High Fidelity (2000)
History of the World, Part 1 (1981)
Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead (1991)
Back To The Future (1985)
The Goonies (1985)
Cat’s Eye (1985)
Bill And Ted Face The Music (2020)
The French Connection (1971)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Lost Boys (1987)
The Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008)
The Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Curly Sue (1991)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Some Kind Of Wonderful (1987)
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Beauty And The Beast (1991)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Baby Boom (1987)
I Confess (1953)
The Fast And The Furious (2001)
Taken 2 (2012)
Taken 3 (2014)
Get Out (2017)
A Quiet Place (2018)
47 Ronin (2013)
The Hunger Games (2012)
Other Notable Items
John Wick 4 and John Wick 5 (TBD)
Josh and Erica’s upcoming project Trigger Warning (TBD)
John Wick film franchise
Thunder Road Films
Clash of the Titans film franchise
Bosom Buddies TV series (1980-1982)
Bill And Ted film franchise
“Kokomo” by The Beach Boys
Molly Ringwald’s New York Times article on John Hughes
Michael Schoeffling (a.k.a. Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles), who turns 60 this year
Nicolas Cage’s upcoming movie, wherein he plays himself in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series (1955-1965)
Benicio del Toro
The “Die Hard 12” skit in The Ben Stiller Show (1992-1993)
This list is also available on Letterboxd.
About the Podcast
Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.
The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.
About The Hosts
Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.
He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.
The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.
Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.
Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.
Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.